We respectfully acknowledge the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh, and all Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast, on whose traditional and unceded territories we live, work and play.
The purpose and mission of the Foundation is to perpetuate, protect, enhance and promote Bill Reid's artistic and cultural legacy in the public interest.
The Gallery of the Bill Reid Foundation reveals the vital and diverse Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast through the extraordinary work of Bill Reid and inspirational contemporary art.
- We believe joy is a well-made object and celebrate artistic excellence by presenting the work of Bill Reid in the SFU Art Collection and other Northwest Coast artists in our galleries; and by featuring work made by or designed by Northwest Coast artists in our Gallery Shop.
- We form lasting partnerships and collaborate to create innovative programs that engage, educate and inspire a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures and art.
- We engage Indigenous community members within all aspects of our organization.
- We embrace diversity and build bridges of understanding among cultures.
- We respect artistic freedom, Indigenous and other peoples, and the interconnectedness of culture, land, sea and people.
About the Bill Reid Foundation
The Bill Reid Foundation was established in 1999 to honor the legacy of Bill Reid and celebrate the diverse Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast. In 2002 Dr. Martine Reid gifted the Bill and Martine Reid Collection to the Bill Reid Foundation with the intent of creating the Bill Reid Gallery.
The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art opened in 2008 by the Bill Reid Foundation to house the Martine and Bill Reid Collection, and present innovative exhibitions and programs that engage, educate and inspire a deeper understanding of indigenous cultures and art from the Northwest Coast. The operation of the Bill Reid Gallery is the main focus of the Bill Reid Foundation.
The Bill and Martine Reid Collection now belongs to Simon Fraser University, which entered into an enduring partnership with the Bill Reid Gallery in 2011 as part of its deep commitment to First Nations' Studies.
Arvind Seth Close
Arvind is a Senior Manager with BDO Canada LLP, which is the fifth largest accounting firm internationally. He brings with him over fifteen years of experience in public practice, specializing in Canadian corporate tax over the last ten years. Arvind is involved with both the Finance and Governance Committees, and he has been a board member since fall 2013.
Beth Walters Close
During 16 years on the board of the BRG she has been on the executive management committee, participated in site selection, overseeing the initiation and operation of the BRG gallery and retail, CEO selection, lease negotiation and our capital campaign.
Beth Walters was a 25 year partner of PKF Canada offering consulting services for hotels, tourism businesses and museums. Subsequently under BWC she has provided hotel feasibility studies and appraisals. She is a Director of AHIP REIT, a TSX listed company with 113 hotels in the US.
Corey Bulpitt Close
Taakeit Aaya or "Gifted Carver" Haida of the Naikun Raven clan was born in Prince Rupert BC in 1978. He is a great-great grandson of the famed Charles Edenshaw and Louis Collison. Corey graduated from the Langley Fine arts School in 1996. In 2001 he apprenticed under Master Carver Christian White for three years in Haida Gwaii, learning design and wood carving. He is an avid painter, jeweler, wood and argillite carver who enjoys exploring different mediums such as spray paint, which he has used to create large-scale paintings involving urban youth in Vancouver. Corey has carved many totem poles, including a 20' yellow cedar pole for Scouts Canada, a 17' story pole now at Queen Charlotte Lodge, and a 14' mortuary-style memorial, which stands in the Namgis burial ground, Alert Bay, carved in memory of his Haida ancestors who died during the smallpox epidemic inflicted in 1862 and who made their final rest at Bones Bay where Corey erected a large painted cedar panel. He has also carved a pole in New Zealand with Maori Master Lionel Grant and North West Coast carvers Dempsey Bob, Joe David and Christian White. Corey has worked on many other poles under Christian White, Jim Hart, Dwayne Simeon and Beau Dick. He has recently assisted on the 2010 Olympic pole with Klatle Bhi for Petro-Can. Corey has worked beside and learned from many master carvers such as Sharon Hitchcock, Wayne Alfred, Donny Edenshaw, Phil Grey, and Jay Simeon, to name a few. His biggest influences are the old master carvers of the 17th to late 19th century whose skills are left unmatched. Through his study Corey creates functional pieces that can be used in the traditional context of song and dance.
Eric Martin Close
Eric Martin is a registered Professional Engineer and a graduate of UBC and has been involved in the real estate industry for over 40 years. Prior to joining the LedMac team, Eric was V.P. Development at Bosa Development Corp. for almost 25 years and was responsible for a number of major urban development projects throughout Greater Vancouver and the western U.S. Eric is Chair and President of the Whistler Development Corp., formed in 2004 to build the Whistler Olympic Village for the 2010 Games, and is a Past President of the Urban Development Institute.
Eric was just awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers' by Governor General David Johnston.
Gail Murray Close
Gail Murray is the President and Founder of Vero Management Inc. She has served on many Boards including as a Director of the Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Vancouver Island. She was also a Founding Director of the Haisla Business Development Corporation. Gail held a two-year appointment as Co-Chair of the BC Aboriginal Workforce Strategy Steering Committee. She has served for over a decade as a Director and was recently appointed as Finance Committee Chair on the Bill Reid Foundation and Bill Reid Trust. She is also an active member in her local Metis community.
Dr. Heather F. Clarke
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Heather became involved with the Bill Reid Foundation in 2010 as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Gallery. Shortly after she was asked to join the Board of Governors. Heather is also on the Boards of the Vancouver Opera and its Foundation, Vancouver School of Theology (as Chancellor) and its Foundation, and chairs the Vancouver Opera Guild Board. She enjoys hiking, painting and live performances.
James Hart Close
An accomplished Haida artist and master carver, James Hart has made significant contributions to Northwest Coast art. His jewelry, prints, traditional architecture, totem poles and sculptures, which reflect Haida style, stories and culture, are displayed and enjoyed around the world. His accomplishments have been recognized with the Order of B.C., an honorary doctorate from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Hart holds the hereditary title of Chief 7idansuu (pronounced "ee-dan-soo") of the Haida Nation Saangga.ahl Staastas Eagle Clan.
Jane Hungerford Close
Chief Janice George
Chief Janice George Close
Chief Janice George graduated from Capilano University, North Vancouver BC, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, USA. She feels her education at these schools helped her excel as a teacher, adding to her most important traditional teachings. She is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator and educator. George also co-organized the 1st Canada Northwest Coast Weavers Gathering, with other Squamish Nation Weavers. George is from a prominent Squamish family and has numerous ceremonial and cultural responsibilities in her community.
Joanne Gassman Close
Joanne retired from BMO after 39 years where her last position was Senior Vice-President, Personal and Commercial Banking for British Columbia & Yukon. In additional to extensive leadership experience in the financial services industry, Joanne is involved in a number of charitable and advisory Boards including Director of Streetohome Foundation and Bowen Island Community Foundation and is a Member of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.
Lisa Seed Close
Lisa Seed is a Branch Manager with HSBC Bank Canada. Previously, within the company, she was a Premier Sales Leader at the flagship Branch in Vancouver. Active in her community, Ms. Seed is involved with the Arts Club Theatre Company after servicing on the Board. She is also a Member of the Board of Directors at the College of Psychologists of BC. Ms. Seed holds her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Martine Reid - Honourary Chair
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Martine Reid is an author and independent curator in the field of Northwest Coast art. She was born and educated in France, where she graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). In 1975, she moved to Vancouver to pursue her studies, earning her doctorate in anthropology from UBC. Her collaboration with the Kwakwaka’wakw people resulted in the award-winning as-told-to biography, Paddling to Where I Stand: Agnes Alfred, Qwiqwasutinuxw Noble Woman, (UBC Press, 2004). Martine was married to the late Haida artist Bill Reid for nearly half of his creative life and was instrumental in the creation of The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver (2008), for which she was director of content and curator (2010-2013). Her passion for the arts of the Northwest Coast, past and present, led her to curate many national and international exhibitions, authoring numerous articles and books on Northwest Coast aesthetic anthropology. Martine is a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association and is currently compiling Bill Reid’s Catalogue Raisonne.
Honourable Bryan Williams - Director Emeritus
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The Honourable Bryan Williams was a Partner and Senior Counsel at Swinton and Company for 35 years before serving as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia 1996 – 2000. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Victoria, and is the recipient of a 125th Confederation of Canada Medal of Honour.
David Gillanders - Director Emeritus
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David Gillanders has practiced law for over forty years and has earned regional, national and international respect and recognition for this expertise, professionalism and integrity. Throughout his career he has been called upon to give leadership to the creation or the critical advancement of important health, community, educational, and cultural enterprises in British Columbia. These undertakings include: the Burnaby Mountain Trust, the Bill Reid Foundation, the Vancouver Opera Association and the Opera Foundation, the Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Family House of BC, the Pearson Hospital Pool Society, and many other educational and cultural community organizations.
Frank Anfield - Director Emeritus
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Herb Auerbach - Director Emeritus
Herb Auerbach - Director Emeritus Close
Herb Auerbach teaches a course on real estate development at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. His lengthy career as an architect and real estate development consultant included work for I.M. Pei & Associates in New York City and Concordia Estates in Montreal. He has abiding interests in history, travel, and visual arts.
Maurice Fellis - Director Emeritus
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Maurice Fellis emigrated to Canada in 1956 and joined Westward Shipping Ltd. Vancouver where he served in various executive capacities until he retired as CEO in 1966. He is the Past Chairman of the BC Maritime Employers Association, Past President of the Chamber of Shipping of BC, Past President of the Vancouver Merchants Exchange, and recipient of an Award of Excellence from the National Transportation B.C Division.